Darien baseball edges Ludlowe, 4-3, for 12th victory

The Darien Blue Wave baseball team came from behind to defeat the Fairfield Ludlowe Falcons 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon at Darien High School.

“We’ve kind of been the cardiac kids the last three days with the late comebacks,” said Darien head coach Mike Scott. “Give these guys credit. They keep grinding out wins, they keep finding ways to get it done.”

The game was well pitched on both sides as Justin Jordan took the mound for Darien (12-2 overall, 9-1 FCIAC) and Sam Meyers threw for Ludlowe (7-7, 5-5).

Jordan tossed a complete game, allowing three runs, all unearned, on four hits, while striking out 11 and walking just one.

“Tremendous job. Should have been a shutout,” said Scott.

Meyers threw 5.1 innings, allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits, while striking out three and walking three.

“This was Sam’s best performance of the year which is good to see now that we are getting later in the season,” said Ludlowe head coach Mike Francese. “He did battle and he did a really good job of keeping us in the game.”

CJ Monteiro struck out both batters he faced in relief of Meyers, stranding a runner at second in the sixth.

Ludlowe got their three runs in the third inning. John McMillian singled with one out. Derek Tallman followed up with a double. Three batters later, with the bases loaded and two outs, Rob Farruggio hit a hard ground ball to short which would have been the third out of the inning. It went through the shortstops legs and all cleared the bases with Farruggio ending up at second as the Falcons took a 3-0 lead.

“We didn’t let the one error cost us the game. We kept our heads in the game, we didn’t let it affect us. We kept pitching, kept playing defense,” said Scott.

After that, Jordan would shut down the Falcons allowing just one hit and two baserunners (wild pitch on a strikeout) over the final four innings, including retiring nine straight from the fourth through the sixth innings after the leadoff runner reached in the fourth.

“It was a great job by him (Jordan). Staying low in the zone, hitting spots, mixing speeds and just keeping them off balance. They didn’t have many comfortable swings off him. A lot of credit goes to him,” said Scott.

Darien got on the board in the bottom of the third. Fin Batson walked with one out. He moved all the way around to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jordan. The next batter, Henry Williams singled to center field to plate Batson and cut the deficit to 3-1.

The Blue Wave inched closer in the the fourth. Arthur Xanthos doubled to right-center field with one out. He moved to third on a groundout and came in to score on a Ludlowe throwing error.

In the fifth, Darien would finish the comeback. Henry Williams drew a one-out walk and Sean O’Malley followed up with a go-ahead two-run home run.

“We got the big hit from the big guy,” said Scott.

Ludlowe got the tying run on base in the seventh on a leadoff infield single by Jack Knisely. A pinch-runner was picked off first by Xanthos from behind the plate. Jordan would finish the game off with two strikeouts.

“The guys were off balance and we were never able to get going again (after the three-run inning),” said Francese.

Ludlowe will be back in action on Friday at Westhill at 4 p.m.

“We just have to battle back, bounce back and play another game on Friday,” said Francese.

Darien, winners of three straight, will play their fourth game of five this week on Thursday when they travel to Ridgefield to face the Tigers at 4.

“It’s one at a time. We are happy with where we are right now but we are still greedy. We want to come out and get another one tomorrow,” said Scott.